Year: 1975 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.9, (1975), p.107-110 SIEC No: 19842214

An alternative formulation of attempted suicide is offered, in which the phenomenon is considered within the context of social learning theory. The suicidal behavior is viewed as an operant which is reinforced & maintained by the consequent interpersonal contingencies. The modification of the suicidal behavior then involves alteration of the contingent consequences. This theoretical formulation is elaborated & the treatment principles & practice are outlined.